Dressing The Air is the brainchild of the London-based artist Paul Schütze.

In a career spanning 30 years, Schütze has exhibited his photographic and installation works in galleries and museums around the world, released over thirty albums of original recordings, scored a number of films and performed numerous concerts. He has collaborated with artists such as James Turrell, Josiah McElheny and Isaac Julien and musicians as diverse as Bill Laswell, Raoul Björkenheim, Toshinori Kondo, Lol Coxhill and Jah Wobble.

Dressing The Air is a unique open resource that aims to enrich creative thinking by encouraging a multi-sensory approach. A constantly evolving archive and creative news feed, Dressing The Air monitors and reports on a diverse range of art-forms from cinema to sculpture, painting to furniture design, land-art to perfumery.

Cedar (cedrus)

coniferous tree

various continents

There are numerous families and varieties of Cedar tree found across the globe. Famously aromatic the wood is often used for its scent and the extracted oils have been used in perfumery for centuries. The Egyptians used the oil in embalming.


Of all the aromatic woods the scent  of  cedar endures longest when the wood is used to build objects. Houseboats on the lakes of Kashmir built entirely of cedar still smell gloriously decades after being built. Perhaps the fretwork ornamentation carved into the wood exposes the maximum surface area from which the scent can leak into the air.

Mike Peel